From artsy, chunky chains to re-imagined chokers, FW 2018 runways were packed with statement neckpieces. What we know is that everything subtle, understated and demure is passé. Pull out those bold jewels, oversized pendants and experiment with unconventional materials. Here’s a complete lowdown. 

Chunky chains at Dolce & Gabbana. Image: Courtesy Venturelli/WireImage
Lariat inspired chains at Louis Vuitton. Image: Courtesy Peter White/Getty Images

Miuccia Prada’s muse for Miu Miu’s fall presentation was the quintessential 60s girl, clad in oversized coats, mohair sweaters, and with hints of chunky metal chains completing the picture. Dolce & Gabbana remained loyal to their baroque aesthetic and juxtaposed their signature bling with the right amount of metal in the form of chunky gold chains. The idea of exaggeration was countered by lariats at Louis Vuitton. And at Missoni’s 65th anniversary show, among those festive patchwork separates, Angela Missoni gave beads a toss for coloured stones. 

Chain link chokers at Alexander Wang. Image: Courtesy Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
The silver torc neckpiece at Alexander McQueen. Image: Courtesy Peter White/Getty Images

Chokers are officially back. While Alexander Wang infused his bodycon silhouettes with an element of punk via chain link chokers, Francesco Risso at Marni conjured up African mysticism with his elegant, gold tribal chokers. At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton once again reimagined the classic tailored pantsuits and complemented them with ridged, silver torc necklaces. 

Tribal Meets Costume
The sun-ray inspired neckpiece at Alberta Ferretti. Image: Courtesy Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Tribal influences at Etro. Image: Courtesy Pietro D'aprano/Getty Images

Eclectic tribal shapes and motifs dominated the fall runways. At Giorgio Armani, veering away from tradition, the maestro gave colours centrestage, and among bright reds, pinks and greens were striking tribal neckpieces in metal and fabric, and featured oversized beads. Veronica Etro’s Peruvian and Patagonian folklore inspired knitwear were complemented by metallic costume neckpieces, and Alberta Ferretti’s Grecian gold pieces infused her collection with the right dose of drama (the sun-ray inspired piece was a standout). 

Dramatic Pieces
The coin necklace at Versace
The leaf pendant at Chloe. Image: Courtesy: Peter White/Getty Images

At Chloe, Natacha Ramsay-Levi was inspired by nature and created gold coloured leaf pendants for her neckpieces, while Anna Sui displayed a charming interplay of colours in her ruby and amethyst, cleavage-length number. At Versace, it was a lesson in history via Roman mythology-inspired coin necklaces. 

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.